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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Highlights from day eight of the Australian Open tennis championship at Melbourne Park on Monday. Local times (GMT +11): 1615 RUBLEV UNTIL RUUD RETREAT Seventh seed Andrey Rublev advanced after opponent Casper Ruud retired while trailing 6-2 7-6 (3). The Norwegian received treatment for an injury early in the second set. 1505 BRADY BOOKS FOURTH-FINAL BERTH American Jennifer Brady reached the quarterfinals with a 6-1 7-5 victory over Croatian Donna Vekic. Brady sent nine aces and won 85% of his first serve points in a dominant performance against Vekic, who had heavy straps on his right leg. Brady faces fellow countrywoman Jessica Pegula below. 1435 MEDVEDEV MARCHES THE Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev reached the quarterfinals with a clinical 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 victory over American Mackenzie McDonald. Medvedev hit seven aces, 29 winners and made just 15 unforced errors when the one-sided competition concluded in 90 minutes. 1310 PEGULA ANNOY SVITOLINA American Jessica Pegula continued her dream streak with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over fifth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina to reach the quarter-finals in a Grand Slam for the first time . Pegula was much more effective at the net than her opponent, and she also scored 31 winners compared to Svitolina’s 19. 1112 GAME GOING ON DAY EIGHT The game started as scheduled on Victoria’s third day of the five-day coronavirus lockdown, resulting in fans being banned from Melbourne Park. A new locally acquired COVID-19 case was reported in the state in the 24 hours through Monday morning. The temperature was 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit) with a maximum forecast of 27 ° C.